Psychological Stress in the Ordnance Industry
WHITTAKER CORP SAUGUS CA BERMITE DIV
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This paper represents preliminary research that attempts to analyze the cause and effect of psychological stress in the ordnance industry. In addition to the stressors that exist in almost every industrial environment, ordnance factories have an additional stressor, the high hazard inherent the nature of their business. The manufacture of ordnance requires a more disciplined work force, far more stringent safety programs, and more comprehensive training procedures than are found in most other industries. Jobs on operating lines that require employees to be exposed to reactive material expose the employee to a stressful situation that an employee has to confront early in his career. In instances where employees do not confront, and cope, with the high risk factor of their jobs., psychological stress and takes a strong toll on the employee frequently leading to anti-social behavior and unsafe work acts. The author views psychological stress as a critical factor in the ordnance industry and one which has tremendous implications for the safety of employees.
- Ammunition and Explosives